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El Cosmico

802 S. Highland Ave., Marfa, Texas 79843 USA

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“Stay in a teepee or a vintage trailer!”

El Cosmico is an 18 acre nomadic hotel and campground in Marfa, Texas. In keeping with the belief that life should be a balance of adventure and do-nothingness we offer shelter, occasional entertainment, opportunity for learning/doing/making, and access to the majesty of the high plains desert. From its wide open spaces to the vast canopy of stars above, El Cosmico provides temporary liberation from the built world. It is second home to intrepid travelers and wanderers from all corners of the planet. Accommodations at El Cosmico include renovated vintage trailers, safari and scout tents, Sioux-style tepees, and tent campsites. The property also offers several communal spaces for guests – a hammock grove, an outdoor kitchen and dining area, a community lounge and mercantile, an outdoor stage, a reading room. We rent wood-fired hot tubs as the burn ban allows, and bikes for exploring Marfa. El Cosmico also serves as a hub for occasional happenings that elevate the mind, body and creative spirit, and is a great place to get your hands dirty when the need arises. Our evolving program of workshops and retreats includes building, cooking and art classes, songwriting workshops and more. In addition to the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love held annually each fall, El Cosmico hosts concerts, movies, art and cultural events throughout the year.  

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  • 127 Reviews
  • 113 Helpful
February 11, 2013

I'm no hippie, but the communal vision was so charming that I felt like I'd stepped into a latter-day Peaceable Kingdom that was on the verge of erupting into a very cool party. There were the cross-country bicyclist lovebirds swinging between elms in your hammock grove, a couple of kids drinking Topo Chico and listening to music in your lean-to kitchen, and others hanging out in teepees and yurts.

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  • 5 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
August 24, 2014
Rated 4.0

My husband, 7 month old son and I stayed at El Cosmico for a night while in Marfa. We stayed in the Vagabond trailer. It was a great experience! The staff was friendly. The Jo's coffee they provided was a nice touch. Loved hanging out in the hammocks and on our trailer deck. A few cons were a long walk to your spot, especially the trailers and the trailers (or at least the Vagabond) could use a bit more maintenance. Overall though we totally enjoyed our stay, it's a super rad place in a fun little town.

4 people found this review helpful

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 29, 2020
Rated 1.0

So expensive. One night is 117 dollars for 5 people bringing their own tent. Not worth it.

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 11 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
November 11, 2015
Rated 5.0

The epitome of glamping. We stayed in a safari ten that was complete with electricity, outlets, and heated blankets. The facilities are exceptionally clean. Try and book a teepee or yurt if you can.

1 person found this review helpful

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August 06, 2015
Rated 3.0

My mom and I stopped at El Cosmico on our road trip across the US last summer. When I booked it, I was under the impression from the photos that it was tucked a little ways away from the main road and we would feel somewhat secluded. Our teepee was nicely appointed and the bed was very comfortable. We did not get to get into the "communal" feel of the place too much because we were there during a stormy day, but the grounds seemed like they motivated some nice community. The place looks fantastic and the layout gives you some privacy while still allowing for mingling with other campers/guests if you'd like.

My only real complaint was the fact that the property is sandwiched between a pretty busy road and train tracks that have late night trains going through town. It was very noisy for a desert night. I really wasn't expecting that at all.

It's really easy to get into town (El Cosmico is barely outside of it) and it was simple to get to the viewing area for the Marfa lights (a must see!).

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 20 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
July 09, 2015
Rated 5.0

Mafia was one of the highlights on our road trip across the states.
All the vintage trailers and teepees were booked so we camped at El Cosmico.
The outdoor showers were cool. Spent some solid hours in the hammock.
We also hired bikes to explore the town.
Wish we spent more time here. Will definitely be back!

1 person found this review helpful

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Austin Coop

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September 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

A perfect example of why Marfa has such a sweet reputation as being a fun and funky place. They have all sorts of awesome music festivals and parties here. Don't expect the world's most luxurious accommodations, but this place is still AWESOME!

1 person found this review helpful

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March 22, 2018
Rated 5.0

Tent camped on our way to Big bend a night here during Spring Break! Great spot! Hot coffee in the morning, hot showers, and we came with our 6 and 2 year old! it was family friendly, and we even got to enjoy adult time after hours! (quiet adult time ;)) Everyone was friendly!

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Lisa Janousek

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January 20, 2016
Rated 5.0

Absolutely wonderful! Would visit again in a heartbeat! We stayed in Little Pinkie and she was darling. Had a great time at the communal kitchen and even met a sweet black cat I wanted to take home!

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El Cosmico

802 S. Highland Ave.
Marfa, Texas
79843 USA


Open now until 10:00 pm
  • Sun - Tue: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed - Sat: 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Fifty Amp
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